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Computational Modeling

I’ve written quite a bit about computational thinking/modeling, and so I thought it might be good to create this page with links to all of the articles.

Rationale & Examples Posts

These posts contain my thoughts about why we should try to teach computational modeling to high school students as well as how we used computational modeling somewhat haphazardly last year.


This year, I’m working to develop a Computational Modeling curriculum that is tightly integrated with the Modeling Physics Curriculum developed at Arizona State University. As assignments are developed, I will post them here.

  1. Constant Velocity Particle Model
  2. Balanced Forces Particle Model
    • BFPM assignment: students modify a program to see how a cart responds to various combinations of forces
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  1. Frank Lock permalink
    November 21, 2011 10:18 am

    Just thought I’d let you know that John did a terrific job on Saturday in presenting computational modeling at the SACS / NCS meeting. I now understanding how computational modeling fits with the modeling pedagogy.
    Have a terrific Thanksgiving.
    Frank Lock

  2. November 22, 2011 9:02 am

    Just been on a search to find maybe a few posts on the application of programming in science.. and I found an entire page! Excellent!


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